by: DeLynn Deakins, Today’s CPA Managing Editor

TSCPA launced the new Rising Stars Program last fall to recognize CPA members 40 years old and younger who have demonstrated exemplary leadership skills and active involvement in TSCPA, the accounting profession and/or their communities. People from around the state nominated colleagues or friends they felt should be recognized as a rising star.

To be considered, the nominee was required to be a TSCPA CPA member, 40 years old and under by the October 25, 2011 application deadline, and nominated by the application deadline. Each nominee also had to complete and submit a profile. A task force of TSCPA Executive Board members served as the selection committee. With all of the excellent nominations received, the selection process was difficult, but the committee narrowed it down and 12 were chosen.

TSCPA’s 2011-12 Chairman, Donna Wesling, CPA-Austin, said the following about the program: “I am so pleased that we launched the program this fiscal year. All of us who served on the selection task force were so impressed with all the nominees. We came away knowing that our profession will continue to be strong, and leaders are emerging who can take us into the future.”

Sheila A. Enriquez holds a BS in Public Accounting degree from Mercy College, as well as an MBA from Long Island University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center. At her firm, she is responsible for developing two growing areas, Litigation Support and an SEC practice. She also handles non-billable initiatives, including acting as a mentor for staff members.

Enriquez is a first generation immigrant who came to the U.S. as a self-supporting student. She grew up in the Philippines and, after high school, received a scholarship to study business in Japan and then in New York. After earning her public accounting and MBA degrees, she attended law school while working full time as a CPA and raising a family. In 2009, she was sworn in as an attorney and received her U.S. citizenship. Enriquez is active in TSCPA and the Houston Chapter. She is chair of the Chapter’s PR Committee, and is a member of TSCPA’s External Relations/Image Issues Committee. She was also recently elected to the Chapter’s board of directors for a two-year term beginning June 2012. The hard-working CPA provides pro bono legal services to Kids In Need of Defense, an organization that protects the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children in the U.S.

You can read Sheila’s full bio here.

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